System shocks, such as COVID-19, come with risks of undoing the hard-earned progress toward gender equality achieved over the past decade.
For women farmers in developing countries, who struggled to meet the needs of their families before the pandemic, COVID-19 has made their situations even more untenable.
In this way, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed persistent inequalities in food systems.
Creating a more resilient food system for the future will require considering the needs and wants of both women and men in all efforts to build back better.
Agarwal, Bina. ‘Livelihoods in COVID Times: Gendered perils and new pathways in India’. World Development, 139, 2021 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X20304393